E3: Nintendo Shows Off Yoshi's New Island, Smash Bros and More
Say what you want about this year's E3, there's certainly been a lot of games revolving around shooting people in the face. In the interests of variety, there has also been a fair few about stabbing people in the face, or merely punching them- in the face or other areas. And with the new generation of hardware, the faces we're punching are more realistic than ever. With that in mind thank the Gaming gods for Nintendo, who as many had hoped brought some colour to proceedings, with a slate of joyous, just plain fun looking games to the show floor. Fresh from a warmly received Nintendo Direct, Ninty have also released a cavalcade of new videos of their upcoming line-up, for Wii U and 3DS, and here are a few of the highlights.
Yoshi's New Island
This didn't even score a mention in the Nintendo Direct, but this is a new installment in the series that began with Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island in the last days of the SNES. Sporting an updated look of the original's distinctive sketchy style, this looks like another essential 3DS Platformer.
Mario Kart 8
Zooming into HD for the first time, this latest incarnation of the world's favourite racing game (shut up, it is too) is among the Wii U games we've all been waiting for. It's chief new innovation this time is "anti-grav" sections, enabling racing up walls and upside down. Is it next spring yet?
Super Mario 3D World
The plucky plumber's first 3D outing on the Wii U is in fact a follow up to the 3DS's Super Mario 3D Land. In case you were wondering, this is A Very Good Thing, as that game was arguably the 3D Mario that most perfectly captured the feel of 2D Mario. The new game will also bring multiplayer to the 3D series for the first time- up to 4 can play simultaneously, and introduces an adorable new power-up- the Cat suit.
Super Smash Bros
Nintendo announced aaaaages ago that a new Smash Bros was being worked on for both Wii U and 3DS, but this is the first we've actually seen from it. It's not actually due until next year some time (more likely than not it'll be their biggie next Christmas) but let the hype train begin!